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When you have a legal matter that you need guidance on, you need a helpful lawyer. At J. Leigh Daboll Law Office, Ridgeville, you’ll find a lawyer ready to listen to your needs and provide you with effective solutions. For some preliminary advice on legal matters involving your business, divorce, family, criminal, employment or wrongful termination, read our blog posts.


For more personal and in-depth guidance and advice, please contact the office to schedule an over-the-phone or in-person initial consultation.

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    What Is the Difference Between Wrongful Dismissal and Unjust Dismissal?

    For some people, the firing can be an unjust or wrongful dismissal.

    If you have been laid off without cause, you may be one of these people and there is help available.

    Learn about the difference between wrongful and unjust dismissal and whether you may be entitled to severance pay.

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    What Happens if My Spouse Does Not Want a Divorce?

    Marriages may unfortunately end, and sometimes one partner will not consent to a divorce. They might refuse to acknowledge the end of the relationship. Divorce contradicts what they may believe, despite what others may believe.

    You can file for divorce without your spouse's permission. The process will probably go more smoothly if you can get your spouse to sign the divorce papers, but if that isn't possible, you still have a few options. Keep on reading to learn what they are!

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    Advantages of Having a Wills and Estates Lawyer Draft Your Will

    There's a common misconception that only sick or elderly people can benefit from having a will. Choosing an estate lawyer at a young age is wise because life is unpredictable, and a will protects your assets.

    Have you been wondering if it's time to get in touch with an experienced estate lawyer? Keep reading to learn about the top advantages that come with getting an estates lawyer.

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    Understanding Parenting Arrangements and Child Support after Separation

    Are you going through a separation? Are you looking for legal help with child support, a parenting arrangement, and more?

    Family law can be confusing, and no one should navigate it alone. In order to get the best outcome for yourself and your child, you must understand the basics of child support and parenting arrangements. 

    Read on to learn about these staples of Canadian family law, and how J. Leigh Daboll Law Office can help you navigate them.


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    How Marriage, Divorce or Separation Affect Your Will

    Around 50% of Canadians have made and signed a will. Making your will is a great way to protect your assets and support your loved ones after you pass. 

    However, it is very important to keep your will up-to-date. Bill 245, which came into effect in Ontario on January 1, 2022, has a big impact on what happens to your will after marriage, divorce, or separation. 

    Read on to find out exactly how getting married, divorced, or separated affects your written will.


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    When to Hire a Wrongful Termination Lawyer

    The law may be what helps to hold society together, but it can also be extremely complicated. As a result, people depend on experts to help them navigate some of the more difficult legal times in their life, including termination of employment.

    But how do you know when you need to hire a lawyer after losing your job? There are a several situations that are valid grounds for pursuing a wrongful termination case.

    Read on to learn all about the most important things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not you need to consult a wrongful termination lawyer!


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    How to Prepare for Your First Meeting With a Divorce Lawyer

    Did you know that every 1 out of 309 adults in Canada is divorced? Going through a divorce is never easy, but you're not alone. People go through divorces every day and there are plenty of resources to help you through it.

    The first resource that you're going to need to rely on is a divorce lawyer. Going through a divorce without lawyers is tricky, and it's best to have someone on your side who can help you navigate it.

    Preparing for your first consultation with a divorce lawyer can be stressful. This can be a brand new experience, and it's normal to feel nervous.

    Our lawyers are here to help you prepare. Keep reading to learn more. 


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    Top Five Tips to Choose a Great Business Lawyer

    A great business lawyer can make your life a lot easier as an entrepreneur.


    Starting a company in the Niagara region is a savvy business move. Real estate is still relatively affordable, and there's a growing population of potential customers eager for new businesses to open. To ultimately find success, however, you need a good business lawyer.


    Choosing a business lawyer doesn't have to be hard, although it can be overwhelming if you don't know what to look for. In this post, we will tell you the top 5 tips for choosing a business lawyer in Niagara. Once you've got one you trust, you'll find that every other aspect of your business will run more efficiently.

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    What to Look For When Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer

    You or someone you know has been charged with a crime. You're not entirely sure how to find and hire a criminal defence lawyer in Niagara, but you do recognize that you need one. 


    You are also apprehensive about choosing the wrong lawyer, and the whole process seems like a hassle.


    Let us put your fears to rest. This guide will walk you through the various considerations of choosing the right lawyer for your specific case. 


    Let's get started.

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    5 Reasons Why You Need an Employment Lawyer

    Employees have rights. People are often unsure of their rights and options as an employee and are hesitant to reach out to an employment lawyer for advice when an issue or workplace dispute arises. If you are confronted with an issue relating to your employment, the best course of action is to seek confidential advice from a lawyer who specializes in employment law without delay. A skilled employment lawyer can review your matter, explain your rights and options, and help you determine whether you need legal assistance. There are many situations where an employee would benefit from the guidance of an employment lawyer. Niagara’s J. Leigh Daboll prepared this list of the top five reasons why you may need an employment lawyer.

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    How to Choose a Divorce Lawyer

    The process of separation and divorce is intensely personal and can be extremely emotional. Important decisions must be made, and critical issues must be dealt with. The outcome of your divorce will have a significant impact on the core aspects of your life, from finances to where you live and what will happen with your children. With so much at stake, it is essential that you have trusted legal advice and guidance from an experienced divorce lawyer. St. Catherines family lawyer J. Leigh Daboll prepared this list of things to look for when choosing legal counsel to protect your rights and help you navigate the complexities of divorce.

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    Niagara Family Lawyer on Court Procedures for Family Disputes

    If you are going through a separation or divorce, going to court is not the only option. There are several ways to resolving family disputes, including negotiating an agreement, mediation, arbitration, and collaborative family law. Not all of these options are appropriate in every circumstance and there are pros and cons of each. Depending on factors such as the history of the relationship and the issues that are at stake, the best option in some family law disputes is to go to court to have a judge make final decisions. Read on for our Niagara family lawyer’s overview of Ontario court procedures in family

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    Niagara Legal Adviser Discusses How Employment Lawyers Impact Your Life

    Employment lawyers can have a significant impact on your life if you feel like you are being unfairly treated in your workplace, being compensated unfairly, or have been wrongfully terminated. Employment lawyers specialize in your legal rights as an employee and can advise you on the employment law standards set by Ontario and Canadian law. When you have a legal adviser who specializes in employment law matters on your side, they will advocate on your behalf to ensure that your legal rights are protected, that you are treated in a fair an  consistent manner in the workplace, and if you are entitled to monetary payment (such as severance or damages), ensure that the amount you receive fully and fairly compensates you.

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    Niagara Defence Lawyer FAQ: When Do I Need a Lawyer?

    The question “When do I need a lawyer?” is one that is frequently asked of Niagara defence lawyers and other legal advisors. Many people wonder if they should try to represent themselves and people are often unaware of the benefits of hiring a lawyer. In fact, the question of when you need a lawyer is very easy to answer in certain circumstances. My practice covers a broad range of legal services, including family and divorce law, criminal law, employment law, and small business law. In my experience as a Niagara defence lawyer, there are situations within each of those categories where hiring a lawyer is essential.

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    Niagara Wrongful Termination Lawyer’s Top 3 Tips for Dismissed Employees

    It is an incredibly stressful experience being fired from your job. If you suspect that you have been wrongfully terminated by your employer, your stress will be heightened as your situation is even more vulnerable. Your rights upon being wrongfully terminated are complicated and the thought of taking on your former employer to enforce your rights is a frightening prospect. If you have been fired and believe you may have been wrongfully dismissed, you should not delay in getting legal advice from a wrongful termination lawyer. In this post, I will discuss my top three tips for employees who suspect that they may have been wrongfully terminated.

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    Understanding Employment Contacts

    Getting an offer for a new job is certainly exciting and with it usually comes a written employment contract. The employment offer should always be carefully reviewed before you sign off, however. You should never feel pressured to sign off on an offer immediately after you receive it and you should feel comfortable to ask the employer if you can have a bit of time to look over the contract. This is when you can ask a lawyer to review the terms with you.

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    Ten Tips for Going Through a Divorce

    Divorce is certainly never easy. It’s unavoidable that divorce will be an emotional, time-consuming, and difficult process. However, there are things you can do to make the process of divorce smoother. You can try to avoid confrontation with your spouse and make sure your children’s interests are protected, among other things mentioned here below.

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    Do You Need a Wrongful Termination Lawyer in Niagara?

    Do you have reason to believe you were wrongfully terminated? Then it is in your best interests to have your case evaluated by a wrongful termination lawyer. As Niagara's choice for solid legal advice, I do my utmost to provide all my clients with thoughtful and wise legal counsel.

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Contact Details

J. Leigh Daboll Law Office


1991 Hansler Street, RR1

Ridgeville, Ontario L0S 1M0


Phone: 905-892-0569

Fax: 905-892-2986


Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Service Area

  • St. Catharines

  • Welland

  • Niagara Falls

  • (and across Ontario)


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